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Thursday 17 April 2014

Heaney's poetry is rock star attraction

Pictured in Seamus Heany's reading at St Patrick's Church of Ireland as part of the Dalkey Book Festival was poet Seamus Heaney, Dalkey Book Festival director Sian Smyth and Bono.

TWO of the biggest stars of literature and music bumped into each other at a book festival over the weekend.

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney was reading at the Dalkey Book Festival, now in its third year, when U2 singer and local resident Bono decided to drop by and listen.

"Seamus was reading a selection of his poetry at St Patrick's Church on Harbour Road," festival director Sian Smyth said last night.

"We had the biggest rock star of literature in the room, and Bono turned up. We were delighted to have him.

"We were talking about Dalkey and about what a buzz there was about the town over the weekend. We had an incredible line up of people. We had Robert Fisk in the main church, Barry Devlin playing in the main hall and a discovery session for new writers."

The festival was founded in 2010 to help local businesses as the recession began to bite. Some 50 volunteers help out over the weekend and organisers were delighted with the turn-out, with more than 4,000 tickets sold for 55 events.

Despite stiff competition from other literary festivals, it managed to attract some of the biggest names in Irish literature including Mr Heaney, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor and Maeve Binchy, along with children's author Derek Landy and actress Sinead Cusack.

Irish Independent

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